National Cabinet has agreed that COVID-19 vaccination of residential aged care workers will become mandatory from 17 September.
For this decision to become law in Tasmania, a public health order by the state government is required, but we’ve been meeting with them regularly and expect that order to be made in coming weeks.
Once that happens, we’ll be able to examine its content and update you about any possible exemptions.
It remains to be seen if the 17 September deadline can be met, with the federal government going full circle and returning to in-facility vaccination drives while still refusing calls for paid leave to attend and recover from vaccinations.
Remember this applies to residential aged care workers only at this stage, with the government choosing to exclude those performing home care, without real explanation.
We’ve seen a couple of employers try to intimidate workers or pretend it’s already mandatory – that’s totally unacceptable, so if that happens to you call us immediately.